Career Planning & Grant Season

A little cynical, but also a very real part of making a successful application (Image courtesy of Ross Mayfield via Flickr)

Pretty soon after orientation, we grad students have to start thinking much longer term–September and October are grant season for many of us and tomorrow (Sept. 30) is Queen’s Career Fair, which comes just ahead of Career Week (Oct. 14-17th).

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What’s Networking Got to Do with It

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(If you caught that musical reference right away, score yourself a point. If you have any hints for your fellow readers that won’t give it away, right it down in the comments at the bottom.) But seriously. For our readers

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MyGradSkills.ca – The Non-Academic Work Search

This month at Gradifying we have been discussing professional development and some resources that are available at Queen’s to help you develop, professionally.  As Sharday discussed in her most recent post, the launch of MyGradSkills.ca took place last week and

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GPS launch: Get your professional development skills at MyGradSkills.ca

Multi-tools for multitasking

Today is the day that a new online tool becomes available to grad students in Ontario. It’s a set of free self-paced professional development “courses” collected under the banner of MyGradSkills.ca. Queen’s, in fact, has been instrumental in developing some

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Expand your horizons

First of all, I just wanted to say welcome to all of the new graduate students and welcome back to those returning to Kingston. Of course also a happy ‘ first official week of school’ (not that school stopped for

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Today’s Welcome and Resource Fair

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I missed the pancakes, but I didn’t walk away empty handed. The Bartlett Gym (Physical Education Centre​ [PEC]) was packed this morning as I joined the standing-room-only crowd for a presentation by key Queen’s figures including Ann Tierney (Associate Vice-Principal

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Guest Post–Rana Pishva on Dissertation on the Lake, or: How my Dissertation got its Groove Back

Dissertation on the Lake won't lead you up any garden paths--just wooded ones.

Today we have  a guest post from Psychology’s Rana Pishva, MSc (PhD in the works). Look forward tomorrow to a report from the joint SGS/SGPS orientation event that’s open to all (remember, the one with the pancakes?). ——————————————————————————————————————————————– Dissertation on

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Orienting to Mental Health at Queen’s and in Kingston

Life as a graduate student can be great, especially when you have taken the time to orient yourself with your department and new colleagues (as Amanda suggested earlier this month) and Kingston (Jeremy has some great ideas on that). But,

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Orientating yourself with (Downtown) Kingston

Go to Queen’s they said… Kingston is nice they said!  Well, they were right.  In my slightly biased opinion, I’d say that Kingston is a great place to live and if you find yourself beginning a new chapter of your

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A few quick tips on getting settled in your department

Even though I was not new to Queen’s when I started grad school and had already spent 4 years in the Biology department, I had to re-orient myself in my new role as a grad student. Since August is all

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